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Vodafone takeover of Unitymedia unavoidable

Published 17 May 2018 12:38 CET | Europe

Vodafone has agreed to buy Liberty Global's operations in Germany, Hungary, Romania and the Czech Republic. Germany may raise some regulatory issues, but we expect the deal ...

Iliad's dramatic Q1 forces intervention and a refocus on innovation

Published 15 May 2018 15:41 CET | Europe, France

Iliad reported disappointing first-quarter results, with fixed revenues down 1.6 percent. The company points to the weak spots, presumably the result of competitors Altice ...

Europe stuck in the middle as US-China telecom trade war looms

Published 30 Apr 2018 16:52 CET | Europe, World

The threat of a global trade war initiated by the US has spread to the telecom sector. From blocking takeovers, such as Qualcomm by Broadcom, to banning exports to China's ...

Orange Belgium takeover of Voo: 2 duopolies plus a strong challenger

Published 03 Apr 2018 14:21 CET | Belgium

Orange Belgium has confirmed it's ready to take over the cable operator Voo, owned by Nethys and Brutele in respectively Wallonia and Brussels. If it's successful, the ...

KPN closes iBasis chapter - will Proximus follow?

Published 08 Mar 2018 17:36 CET | Belgium, Netherlands, World

KPN has sold its international wholesale unit iBasis for an undisclosed amount. This is something we predicted some years ago, as iBasis adds little to the Dutch company. It ...

Telenet takeover of De Vijver Media may mean more content-distribution mergers coming up

Published 08 Mar 2018 12:32 CET | Belgium, Netherlands

Telenet has agreed to increase its stake in De Vijver Media from 50 to 100 percent, giving it control of the SBS Belgium commercial channels and production house Woestijnvis. ...

US mobile operators race for first with 5G as fixed alternative

Published 02 Mar 2018 12:20 CET | United States

The latest edition of Mobile World Congress shows that 5G is well on the way to becoming a reality, with the first services expected before year-end. While it appears the US ...

T-Mobile's family discount offers new challenge to KPN, VodafoneZiggo

Published 24 Jan 2018 14:33 CET | Netherlands

T-Mobile Netherlands has introduced a new discount offer, called 'Alles Onder 1 Dak' (Everything Under 1 Roof). This is in line with the market trend to focus on the ...

Proximus CEO disappoints with net neutrality stance

Published 04 Jan 2018 13:57 CET | Belgium, World

The US will have to accept a market without net neutrality regulation. One advantage of this: the rest will be able to establish experimentally whether these regulations are ...

T-Mobile suggests it won't shy from using price as weapon to compete on Dutch multi-play market

Published 18 Dec 2017 11:32 CET | Netherlands

T-Mobile Netherlands is buying Tele2 NL in order to create a strong number-three in the Dutch market to go up against the vertically integrated market leaders KPN and ...

Altice needs a long-term strategy

Published 22 Nov 2017 11:45 CET | France, Portugal, United States

"Altice seeks to reassure investors, plans disposal of non-core assets", according to recent news. The headline begs some questions: what went wrong, why are investors ...

EQT can consolidate rest of Dutch cable market

Published 20 Nov 2017 11:55 CET | Netherlands

EQT Infrastructure III, a fund of the Swedish investor EQT, has agreed to acquire Dutch operator CIF and its unit CAIW from the local investor Rabo Bouwfonds CIF. The deal ...

T-Mobile, Tele2 merger in Netherlands no-brainer for scale benefits, as spectrum licence window opens ahead of 5G auction

Published 16 Nov 2017 16:28 CET | Netherlands

Deutsche Telekom is considering merging its Dutch business T-Mobile Netherlands with Tele2's local unit or listing the company on the stock market, CEO Tim Hoettges said at ...

Orange Bank: fintech as new element for differentiation

Published 03 Nov 2017 10:51 CET | France

Orange has launched its Orange Bank in France, delivered as a completely mobile application. Orange Bank offers an account with bank card and various services, such as ...

Amazon prepares for second HQ in North America, but where will HQ3 come?

Published 24 Oct 2017 12:33 CET | North America

Amazon has received 238 applications from cities and states interested in hosting the e-commerce giant's second headquarters. While the call for applications was valid only ...

New CEO Ibarra to lead KPN into 'next phase'

Published 20 Oct 2017 12:48 CET | Netherlands

KPN has named Maximo Ibarra the successor to its CEO Eelco Blok. The proposal from the supervisory board still needs to be approved at an EGM. Ibarra will take up the ...

International call prices don't need regulating

Published 03 Jul 2017 17:01 CET | Europe

In the wake of the recent introduction of 'roam like at home' in the EU, a number of consumer groups and politicians have called for similar regulation of international call ...

Did Tele2 NL just put its fixed-line consumer unit up for sale?

Published 19 Jun 2017 18:20 CET | Netherlands

Consolidation in the telecoms sector continues. Telenet just received approval for taking over SFR BeLux from Altice and may have its eyes on Voo next. In France, Bouygues ...

Tele2 takes on new challenger role with unlimited plans, turning mobile data into commodity

Published 16 May 2017 12:39 CET | Netherlands

Commoditisation has been around for some time in the telecom sector. After the launch of Skype in 2003, market watchers were already calling voice 'just another application'. ...

Quad-play battle starts: VodafoneZiggo matches KPN

Published 21 Apr 2017 13:16 CET | Netherlands

VodafoneZiggo launched at the start of this month its new offer for quad-play households taking Ziggo (fixed) and Vodafone (mobile) services at the same address. The ...

Facebook's hardware strategy can't come too soon

Published 22 Mar 2017 14:00 CET | World

Facebook will hold next month its annual developers conference F8 in San Jose. According to unconfirmed reports, hardware is expected to take a central role in the ...

Telenet wants to be number one but still has a long way to go

Published 22 Feb 2017 16:08 CET | Belgium

Telenet reported revenues of EUR 629 million for the fourth quarter, an increase of 2.1 percent pro forma for the takeover of Base. Since Base has been consolidated (February ...

Dutch takeover law sympathetic, but risks bureaucracy, arbitrariness and discounts

Published 21 Feb 2017 11:40 CET | Netherlands

The Dutch government has proposed legislation giving it the right to block takeovers of essential infrastructure or services. An investigation would be launched if the ...

NLziet, T-Mobile to lead Dutch market evolution in 2017

Published 20 Jan 2017 11:33 CET | Netherlands

The Dutch telecom market is set for dramatic changes in 2017. Mergers, the arrival of new OTT providers and continued investment in infrastructure are the most important ...

Preview 2017: Dutch telecom market set for dramatic changes

Published 27 Dec 2016 12:58 CET | Netherlands

The Dutch telecom landscape is set for dramatic changes in 2017. Ziggo and Vodafone Netherlands will merge, while T-Mobile and Youfone are entering the fixed market, ...

 




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